2024 Investiture Information

Investing in Thayer's Future

A gift to Thayer School’s endowment is an enduring investment in the academic mission of the school to prepare engineers for “the most responsible positions and most difficult service.”

Endowment Funding Priorities

Endowment funding priorities include professorships, student financial aid, and support for the student experience.


Recruiting innovators. Rewarding inspiration.

A cutting-edge engineering education requires innovative and dynamic faculty who are both outstanding scholars and extraordinary teachers. The honor of holding an endowed professorship helps Thayer School recruit and retain the best faculty.

Financial Aid

Changing lives and building the future

Endowed engineering fellowships ensure that every qualified student has access to support for the B.E. year and beyond.

Student Experience

Innovation through project-based learning

Project-based learning—which gives students valuable experience in problem solving, teamwork, and creativity—requires space, supplies, equipment, and intensive faculty and technical support.

Thayer Legacy Society

A planned gift to Thayer School makes you an automatic member of the Thayer Legacy Society, named after the School's founder, General Sylvanus Thayer. Members of the Legacy Society strengthen the School's foundation by supporting students, faculty, and programs today and into the future.

“Thayer School will always be important to me, and we wanted to be sure that this was captured when we created our wills. We benefited from the education and attention we received and continue to benefit as alumni. We want to support and give back for as long as possible.”

—Courtney V. Peschel ’99 Th’00 Th’01 and Jamison N. Peschel ’99 Tu’06

Planned Gifts

To meet your personal, financial, and philanthropic goals, we offer many creative and flexible options. Here are three of the most popular types of planned gifts:

  • Bequest — designate an outright gift through your will or name Thayer School as a beneficiary of a retirement plan.
  • Life Income Plan — make a substantial gift to Thayer School while still providing for your personal financial needs or support of others.
  • Special Gift Planning Program — tailor your gift to meet your personal and philanthropic goals. This can include gifts of real estate, lead trusts, and donor-advised funds.


“I valued my Thayer School education throughout my career, so I'm happy to have been able to establish a Charitable Remainder Trust that will support future generations of engineering students.”

—Thomas Tyler '54 Th'56

Join the committed Legacy members who help secure the future of engineering education at Dartmouth.

To find out which planned giving option is right for you, contact:

Dartmouth Gift Planning Office
(800) 451-4067 or +1 (603) 646-3799

To discuss establishing your own endowed fund at Thayer School of Engineering, contact:

Mark W. Dorgan
Executive Director of Advancement
+1 (603) 646-1867